Jansen Newsletter Available
You can now read the
October 2008 and
September 2008 editions of our Jansen Avenue Newsletter
Physical Education Student Leader Awards
a ceremony at Hudson Valley Community College on May 4,
24 Greater Johnstown School District students were
recognized by the Capital Zone of the New York State
Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation
and Dance with the Sandy Morley Physical Education
Click here to read more.
Here Comes Peter
Cottontail, Hopping Down the Bunny Trail...
from Mrs. Jones' classroom hippity-hoppity-happily
display the brightly colored baskets and bunny ear
hats they crafted prior to spring recess.
PTA Carnival Brings Big Smiles
Jansen Avenue PTA graciously hosted our annual school
carnival on March 6. It was a fun-filled night of play,
face painting, friendship and treats! Many families came
out to try their hand at a variety of games of skill and
chance. Boys and girls went home with great prizes and
big smiles on their faces. A great time was had by all!
Click here to enjoy carnival photos.
Visitors Travel the Globe during Art Show & Basket
strolled through world themed exhibits to admire student
art work at the Jansen Avenue Art Show & Basket Auction
on March 25. Upon arrival at each continent, visitors
were greeted by a customs official who stamped their
passports. Guests were also treated to trays of hors
d'oeuvres served by student ambassadors.
As part of the event, boys and girls were also able to
create delicious and edible artwork using frosting and
various delectable candies at a decorate your own cookie
In preparation for the Basket Auction portion of the
evening, each class voted on and created a basket for
the auction. The clever and eye-catching themes included
coffee, Italian food specialties and camping, just to
name a few. One lucky winner even took home a basket
containing a money tree! Without a doubt, the baskets
were all big hits and a great time was had by all!
Click here to see art show photos.
Sixth Graders Make "Paws-itive"
sixth graders at Jansen Avenue recently collected money,
dog food, cat food, toys and cleaning supplies for the
James A. Brennan Humane Society. Exercising values from
the Six Pillars of Character, the students demonstrated
caring and citizenship by taking the time to get
involved and showing compassion for furry friends in
Kindergarteners Construct New Housing for Holidays
As part of their holiday
festivities, Mrs. Miller's kindergarten students
recently enjoyed building a gingerbread house.
Click here to see photos of the smiling students
next to the finished and frosted candy-covered abode,
which can comfortably accommodate several gingerbread
Ms. Jones' kindergarten students take time out for
a photo after enjoying Thanksgiving lunch
Jansen Avenue Elementary School Selected
to Receive National Honor
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Margaret
Spellings announced on September 9 that the Greater
Johnstown School District’s Jansen Avenue Elementary
been named a 2008 No child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon
School. Only 320 schools from 45 states are receiving
the honor, which recognizes public and private K-12
schools that either score in the top 10 percent on state
assessments, or make dramatic gains in student
performance on state assessments when at least 40
percent of the students are from disadvantaged
backgrounds. Jansen Avenue has been selected as a school
in the top 10 percent of New York State with at least 40
percent of its students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Introducing Jansen Avenue's New
Principal - Ms. Colleen Lester
As the new principal at
Jansen Avenue, I’d like to share a little about myself.
I am from the Buffalo area, where I was a teacher in the
Clarence School District
for fifteen years. My undergraduate work was completed
at Saint Bonaventure University. I have a Master’s
degree in Social Studies Education and a Certificate of
Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from Buffalo
I am very proud
and excited to be a new member of the
Jansen Avenue family and
the Johnstown community. Everyone that I’ve met or
spoken with has been extremely welcoming and friendly.
As the summer moves on, I hope to meet more families and
Jansen Gets a New Look
Using a design created by
the JACD, the students, together with advisor Mr.
Westman and co-advisors, Mrs. Sitts & Ms. Vazal,
did an outstanding job!
Jansen's Student Council
voted to make our entrance a little more friendly.
Selected as One of the Top 19 Schools in New York State to Make
Significant Academic Progress
The U.S. Department of Education has established the “No
Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Program” to honor
schools that are academically superior or make dramatic
gains in student achievement. “Dramatically improving
schools improved the performance of all students to high
levels in reading (language arts or English) and
mathematics on state assessments.” The Department of
Education decides how many schools each state may
nominate. For 2008, only 19 New York State schools have
been selected to apply for this honor – and the Greater
Johnstown School District’s Jansen Avenue Elementary is one of them!
Price Chopper Tools for Schools
Do you participate in the
Price Chopper Tools for Schools Program? Your
support can help us earn cool tools for our school!
Mills Box Tops for Education
of General Mills Box Tops for Education (found on most
General Mills cereals and other products) continues.
is most appreciated, as it enables us to purchase new
equipment for our school.
District Homepage For District-Wide News
Information of importance to all schools in the district
(i.e., stranger-danger tips, NYS Test Sampler links,
etc.) is posted to the district homepage of the GJSD Web
site. When checking your individual school’s page,
please remember to check the district homepage, as well.
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